Nettie & Friends supports Maxfield Learning Center and Maxfield School, St. Paul, MN.

Nettie & Friends works with Maxfield School in St. Paul, MN to enrich learning experiences for students by meeting specific needs that expand the learning landscape or remove roadblocks to student success.

Annual Fund Raising Show and Sale at the Egg & I Restaurant, St. Paul. December 2015

Nettie & Friends, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3). Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Getting Ready

For back to school!  
You've gotta love shopping for new school supplies (well, at least I do!)

Teachers and "Friends" scour the local ads to get the best prices on school supplies.  From something as small as a pencil sharpener to a field trip bus, your contributions make a difference in the lives of our students.

As we move into the "new" year, we are excited to meet our students and families.  Because of Nettie & Friends we are able to bring experiences to students like never before.

The staff and students have been very busy working on improving our Maxfield courtyard - work that began last summer and continued throughout the school year and into this summer.  It is truly a work in progress that includes a new birdbath to entice even more birds to our "viewing station."  This small investment brings big smiles, great questions and wonderful observations from our students.  Teachers have to plan extra time to transition through the main hallway to allow students time to look for their favorite 'red' bird.  We stop to wonder how that squirrel manages to squeeze itself inside the bird feeder.  Thank you for your support in sparking a love of the natural world in a new generation.

Look for more news about what YOU help to bring to Maxfield.

While getting ready for this new school year, I know friends are also gearing up for this year's Sale of the Season in December.  Watch for more updates about the sale and other ways to support Maxfield School through Nettie & Friends.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun (and Learning!)

Check out the smiles on the faces of these Kindergarten students.  They are busy celebrating 100 days of school.  Counting.  Making patterns.  Smiling.  Making a necklace.  You helped this happen. 

How to make a 100 days of school necklace:
First, you count out ten groups of ten.

        Then, you check with your friends and start                     stringing your ten groups of ten in a colorful pattern.

Then, you celebrate (and say "Thank you.)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Calling all Artists, Crafters and Supporters

We are looking forward to this year's fundraising sale!
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We are gearing up for this year's event.
We hope to see you on Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 from 4-7 PM at the
Egg & I Restaurant, 2500 University Avenue, St. Paul
to kick off our month long fundraising sale.
Nettie & Friends

If You Give a Student a Book...

If you give a student a book, you open their world.  With 96% of students at Maxfield living at or below the poverty line, parents often find it difficult to provide books in home libraries for their children.

The Scholastic Book Fair in mid-November provides an opportunity for Maxfield students to get books of their own – and to enrich the Maxfield library.  It works like this:  A $5 donation allows a student to shop for a book to take home.  When we give every one of Maxfield’s 420 students a $5 gift, the Maxfield Library receives materials worth over $2,000.

We have a donor willing to give us $500 if we can raise the $1,600 necessary to give each child a chance to shop for a book.

Will you help us reach that goal?  You can send Nettie & Friends your tax-deductible donation for this project by check made payable to Nettie & Friends and mailed to Maxfield School, 380 N. Victoria Street, Saint Paul MN 55104 or by visiting and clicking on our PayPal button on the right hand column.
Gather the Goods
On Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9 AM - 11 AM  Nettie & Friends Board Members will be at the Egg & I to "gather the goods."  Unlike former years, there will not be an organized breakfast.  There will be time to chat with Board Members to learn what wonderful projects you help support at Maxfield School.

If you are unable to stop by the Egg & I on Saturday, November 1st, please drop off donated items at Maxfield School, 380 N. Victoria Street, Saint Paul Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:45AM and 4:00PM.  (Please note: school dismissal is at 3:00 so our front entrance is very busy between 2:55 PM and 3:20PM.)   Please let the office staff know your items are for Nettie & Friends.

Need help getting items to Nettie & Friends?  Please contact Jean Johnson by email to make arrangements for picking up / dropping off your items:

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How about a Night with Nettie & Friends in the comfort of your own home?

In addition to our annual fundraising sale at the Egg & I we are excited to announce "A Night with Nettie & Friends" in home gatherings.  Here's how it works: A Nettie & Friends hostess / host will arrange with you to bring select items to your home for a gathering of friends.  A Maxfield staff member will also be in attendance to share the Maxfield story.  As you know, with 96% of students living at or below the poverty level and with the highest rate of homelessness in St. Paul, Maxfield School has many unique challenges.  One of those significant challenges is fundraising to help with basic school needs and enrichment activities.  We appreciate your support in so many ways.  If you are interested in more information about hosting a home gathering, please contact: Jenelle via email at:

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Saturday, September 20, 2014